Two rival factions have emerged in the Jubilee party over the Nairobi county gubernatorial elections to replaced governor Mike Sonko who was impeached this month.
The factions are fighting for the coveted ticket with Peter Kenneth and Dennis Waweru leading their allies in pulling in opposite directions.
The two camps are fighting to fly the party ticket with one faction pushing for former Dagoretti South Member of Parliament Dennis Waweru and the other demanding the inclusion of former Gatanga lawmaker Peter Kenneth.
So bitter is the rivalry that influential party stalwarts are now threatening to keep off the elections in a move that would aid the Tanga Tanga brigade that has coalesced around Bishop Margaret Wanjiru.
Further complicating matters for the Kielewke brigade is the fact that the nomination window has been closed, meaning that Waweru could have an upper hand in the contest.
Well-placed sources privy to the details revealed to People Daily that despite party stalwarts piling pressure on Kenneth, he declined to return his nomination papers.
The former Gatanga lawmaker was of the opinion that with slightly more than a year to go, it was meaningless to contest for the seat as he prefers to plot his 2022 strategy.
The publication quoted the source stating that“Kenneth was of the view that with only one and half years remaining to the end of the current term and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) having taken all the functions there was no need to vie”.
“We needed a strong candidate who can fight forces backing the Tanga Tanga candidate; Kenneth has been there before and understands the dynamics of Nairobi politics.
“I wrote to him (President) yesterday expressing members’ apprehension on the perceived candidate; I hope he gets to read it and respond accordingly,” said the source, a senator from the Mount Kenya region.
Waweru is believed to enjoy the blessings of Jubilee party leadership after successfully delivering on his role as the Co-chair of the BBI secretariat.